n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Concrete in the service of mankind? : youth members' pages
|Article Title||Concrete in the service of mankind? : youth members' pages|
|© Publisher:||South African Institution Of Civil Engineering (SAICE)|
|Journal||Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||May 2014|
I begin by posing the question, "Is concrete playing its required role in providing service to mankind?" Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials. Its consumption has been described as second only to that of water. From ancient Roman times, with construction of monumental structures such as the Pantheon, to recent times with construction of mega-structures such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, concrete is undoubtedly the construction material of choice. Th ink about it - dams, bridges, residential and commercial buildings, i.e. virtually almost all forms of infrastructure that we use, are made from concrete.
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